Joe Farias

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Joe Farias
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Texas House of Representatives, District 118
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sSaint Philips Junior College
Personal
Birthday03/13/1946
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Joe Farias (b. March 13, 1946) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 118. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Farias received his AA from Saint Philips Junior College. He has worked as a Supervisor of Technical Training for City Public Service from 1971-2003, and served in the United States Army from 1968-1971.

He is a member of the Saint Leo's Catholic School Board.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Farias served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
County Affairs, Vice-chair
Defense & Veterans' Affairs
Rules & Resolutions

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Farias served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Farias served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 1978 - Relating to the establishment of an evidence-based youth development competitive grant pilot program.
  • HB 2408 - Relating to the extension of consumer credit to certain members of the Texas National Guard and armed forces of the United States and their dependents; providing a penalty.
  • HB 3041 - Relating to a comprehensive schedule of public school reporting requirements.
  • HB 3042 - Relating to a study regarding changing the state minimum wage to the living wage.[2]

Campaign themes

2014

Farias's website highlights the following campaign themes:[3]

School Finance

  • Excerpt: "Representative Farias represents some of the poorest school districts in the state and will continue to work to ensure that these lower-wealth school districts, and all school districts across the state, are able to keep up with increased educational demands."

Payday Lending

  • Excerpt: "Representative Farias is committed to working with his fellow elected officials to develop and implement policies that will curb abusive short-term lending in Texas which is trapping more and more Texans in a destructive cycle of debt."

Veterans

  • Excerpt: "Representative Farias had the privilege to serve on the Defense and Military Affairs Committee during the 82nd Legislative session. He will continue to support issues that affect the everyday lives of veterans and their families."

Healthy Schools

  • Excerpt: "Representative Farias believes health education is integral to the primary mission of schools. It provides young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become healthy and productive adults"

Dropout Prevention

  • Excerpt: "Representative Farias is committed to increasing high school graduation rates through research and evidenced-based solutions."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Joe Farias was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Farias won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 118. Farias was unopposed in the May 29 primary and defeated Robert Casias (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 118, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Farias Incumbent 59.8% 23,992
     Republican Robert Casias 40.2% 16,095
Total Votes 40,087

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Farias won re-election in District 118. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 118
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Farias (D) 13,824 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Farias won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 118th District, receiving 24,169 votes ahead of Republican Don Green (14,747) and Libertarian James Thompson (1,414).[7] He raised $181,357 for his campaign.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 118
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Farias (D) 24,169 59.92%
Don Green (R) 14,747 36.56%
James L. Thompson (L) 1,414 3.50%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Farias is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Farias raised a total of $816,316 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[10]

Joe Farias's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 118 Won $172,398
2010 Texas State House, District 118 Won $103,750
2008 Texas State House, District 118 Won $181,357
2006 Texas State House, District 118 Won $358,811
Grand Total Raised $816,316

2012

Farias won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Farias raised a total of $172,398.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joe Farias's campaign in 2012
Texas Trial Lawyers Association$23,358
House Democratic Campaign Cmte Of Texas$13,050
Mostyn Law Firm$5,000
Texans For Insurance Reform$5,000
Border Health$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$172,398
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Farias won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Farias raised a total of $103,750.

2008

Farias won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Farias raised a total of $181,357.

2006

Farias won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Farias raised a total of $358,811.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[11] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[12]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government, and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation, and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[12]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions, and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[13] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Farias received a score of 17.9 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Joe Farias received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Farias and his wife, Angie, have four children.

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